Jordan Duncan, 18, used to walk up to 5 hours to and from work every day. With the help and support of generous police officers and the community, now he doesn’t have to make the long trip on foot anymore.
Duncan was walking home from work one night when he saw the flashing lights of a police vehicle coming from behind him.
“I said, ‘Uh-oh, I hope I didn’t do anything,’” Duncan told InsideEdition.com.
Luckily for Duncan, he wasn’t in trouble.
Corporal Kirk Keffer, with the Benicia Police Department, pulled up behind him and waved him over.
“It’s dark; there’s no sidewalks,” Keffer said. “I asked him where he was walking to, and he says, ‘Home.’”
During the ride home, Duncan told Keffer that his car broke down and he had no choice but to walk 5 hours to and from his job.
“I had to start saving up little by little,” he said. His paychecks went toward helping out his parents, paying tuition for college, and saving up for a new car. “It’s a pretty peaceful walk. I just put in my headphones, play some of my music.”
Duncan’s story made Keffer feel sympathetic and impressed by his good work ethic.
“People use a long commute as an obstacle not to work,” Keffer said. “I wanted to make sure that he understood a good work ethic and dedication like that is going to be noticed and rewarded.”
After dropping off Duncan at home, Keffer went back to his department, told everyone his story, and asked his superiors if there was anything they could do for him.
The police department gathered extra money from their account and the next night they surprised Duncan at work with a brand new bicycle that would later take him only 50 minutes to get to work.
It doesn’t just stop there. Officer Keffer also set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for a new car for Duncan. After raising over $42,000, Duncan had his own used Volkswagen Passat to get to his job as a packaging line worker. The money left over went towards Duncan’s school books and his family.
“He helped me make my commute easier … he helped make my life a lot easier,” Duncan said.